UPDATE: We currently have over 18,000 marchers registered for this year’s Pride march—what an exciting moment.
At this late date we continue to receive request for increased march participation—we CANNOT accommodate any additional request.
We understand this may not be a welcomed message…but we must plan for the safety of those involved in the march and those watching along the sides.
We are a small organization trying to ensure we take every precaution so as to ensure a safe and enjoyable event for all participants.
Thank you for understanding.
In 2023 as we prepare to March we ask our community to continue to center engagement on the people–our community of queer identities that continue to be marginalized, dehumanized, and criminalized. We’re encouraging our community and our partners to come with their bodies–to return Pride to the people. Consider increasing the size of your walking contingent–while alternately investing the funds you would have used to create a float into an LGBTQ+ serving organization.
June 28, 1969 marked the beginning of the Stonewall Uprising, a series of events between police and LGBTQ+ protesters which stretched over six days. While the Stonewall Inn and Uprising became well known due to the media coverage and the subsequent annual Pride traditions, it was simply the fulcrum upon which years of LGBTQ+ activism shifted.
Historians have noted that the shift in activism was a shift primarily for white cisgender people, as people of color and gender non-conforming people never truly had the benefit of concealing their marginalized identities.
We stand ever firmly in line with the BIPoC members of our community, we stand shoulder to shoulder with our transgender community members, of all ages, we stand at the ready to uplift and make space for ALL members of our LGBTQ+ community and all of our communities that demand inclusion, full enfranchisement, and equality before the law.
We could not do the work we do at Stonewall Columbus to make space for the community and to uplift the various identities in the queer community without the partnership and work that LGBTQ+ community organizations across Central Ohio do for the broader community. It is critical to us that we provide space for these organizations throughout the year, but additionally through representation in our annual Pride March and festival. This year, Stonewall Columbus will be able to provide Central Ohio LGBTQ+ non-profit organizations, with operating budgets under 2 million, free registration for up to 15 individuals per organization to march. This is specific for organizations whose core mission is to provide education, resources and services to the Central Ohio LGBTQ+ community. If organizations would like to purchase additional wristbands for marchers or vehicles they are welcome to do so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot in the march.
The 2023 Pride March Registration is open! March Registration will close May 1st at 5:00 PM. Pride 365 Sponsors will be sent a DIFFERENT link to register for the March. All groups must be registered in order to participate in the March!
MARCH PARTICIPANT FEE SCHEDULE
|Group A – 100 or more walkers||$3.50/walker||$5/walker|
|Group B – 50 thru 99 walkers||$5.25/walker||$7.50/walker|
|Group C – 1 thru 49 walkers||$7/walker||$10/walker|
|Vehicle (no semis, vans, or box trucks)*- includes up to 25 walkers||$175||$250|
|Float/Flatbed/Pick-up* – includes up to 20 walkers||$185||$300|
*Subject to final approval
PRIDE AMBASSADOR TRAINING
Session One: Stonewall Columbus Pride 2023 March Ambassador Virtual Training
Session Two: Stonewall Columbus Pride 2023 March Ambassador Training – In-Person
Session Three: June 8: Stonewall Columbus Pride 2023 March Ambassador Virtual Training
March participants must support Stonewall Columbus’ vision of an inclusive community where all of us thrive. This is NOT just on the day of the march, but every day. Any organization registered to march that is found in violation of this policy in any way will be disqualified from participation in PRIDE events.
- Stonewall Columbus Pride March Frequently Asked Questions
- Stonewall Columbus Pride March 2023 Rules
- Float Decorating Tips page
Stonewall’s Pride events help raise funding to support operations and programs; consider making an organization sustaining donation today!